It’s the end of an era, the popular online Q&A platform will be shutting down forever on May 4, 2021. Yahoo Answers began operating in 2015 and people got answers to all sort of questions they asked there. From April 20th, users will not be able to post new questions or answer questions from other users. After shutting down, the website will redirect people to the Yahoo homepage.
In a note sent to active Yahoo Answers members [via TheVerge], Yahoo explained while it was shutting down the service: “while Yahoo Answers war once a key part of Yahoo’s products and services, it has become less popular over the years as the needs of our members have changed. To that end, we have decided to shift our resources away from Yahoo Answers to focus on products that better serve our members and deliver on Yahoo’s promise of providing premium trusted content.”
Yahoo detailed all that would happen on a FAQ page when the service shuts down. It will be recalled; Yahoo was acquired by Verizon Media Group in a deal worth nearly $5 billion in 2017. Users who want answers to questions after the service shuts down will have to make use of the Yahoo Search engine.
Users can request for their content to be downloaded now until June 30th when the option will no longer be available. This encompasses “all user-generated content including your Questions list, Questions, Answers list, Answers, and any images.” Your content does not include questions or answers from other users.
Quora has long been the go-to service for web Q&A a long time now and it is no surprise Yahoo Answers is shutting down.